Exams: Williamson has failed to show leadership

  Responding to the announcement that A level and GCSE results are to be decided by teachers, Daisy Cooper MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Education, commented: "Parents, teachers and pupils have been left in limbo for months because the Government has dithered and delayed about how to carry out assessments this year. Liberal Democrats led … Continue reading Exams: Williamson has failed to show leadership

Fire Safety: Rejected protection hammer blow to leaseholders

  Tonight Parliament rejected Lords Amendment Four to the Fire Safety Bill, which would prohibit the owner of a building from passing on any remediation costs to leaseholders and tenants. This followed a debate on several related amendments. Responding to the failed amendments, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Daisy Cooper said: “Liberal Democrats shamed … Continue reading Fire Safety: Rejected protection hammer blow to leaseholders

Unemployment: Refusal to extend furlough cost thousands of jobs

Responding to new ONS unemployment figures, showing the unemployment rate has risen to 5.1%, Liberal Democrats Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said: "Behind each number in today's statistic is a family worrying how they will pay their bills, and hoping that next week the Chancellor will offer a big, bold innovative plan that will help … Continue reading Unemployment: Refusal to extend furlough cost thousands of jobs

Mask slips as Tories dodge vote on foreign aid

  Responding to the news that the Government will not give MPs a vote before cutting the aid budget, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson Layla Moran MP said: “By avoiding a vote after promising one the Conservatives have confirmed what we already knew: they don’t need legislation to make a temporary cut.    “The Liberal … Continue reading Mask slips as Tories dodge vote on foreign aid

Secretive fund not the answer to UK’s R&D strategy

    Responding to the launch of the UK's new "high risk" science agency Liberal Democrat Business Spokesperson Sarah Olney MP said:   “Liberal Democrats have long called on the Government to invest in new technologies that will create future jobs – but a secretive fund spending taxpayer money with next to no oversight isn’t … Continue reading Secretive fund not the answer to UK’s R&D strategy

Govt borrowing: Chancellor needs to put people before the numbers

  Responding to new figures which show that UK Government borrowing was at its highest levels in January since records began, Christine Jardine MP, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson said: “These record borrowing figures demonstrate clearly the scale of the challenge posed by COVID-19, but they must not be seen as an excuse for cutting support … Continue reading Govt borrowing: Chancellor needs to put people before the numbers

Courts rule Home Office charges to register children unlawful: Lib Dem response

  Today the Court of Appeal has ruled that the £1,012 fee charged by the Home Office for registering a child as a British citizen is unlawful.  Alistair Carmichael MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Home Affairs, urged the fees to be reduced immediately: “It’s shameful that children are being denied their rights by these outrageous, … Continue reading Courts rule Home Office charges to register children unlawful: Lib Dem response

“Give carers a break”, Lib Dems say

    Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey will today launch the party’s campaign to “give carers a break”, calling on the Government to give Councils immediate emergency funding, so they can provide the support services unpaid carers need to take a weekly break. In a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, Ed … Continue reading “Give carers a break”, Lib Dems say

GDP reaction: Recovery must leaves nobody behind

Responding to the GDP figures showing the UK economy shrank by a record 9.9% in 2020, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said:   “We have all seen the devastating effect Coronavirus has had in the past year and the hardship it has created, but these figures put into stark reality what a challenge we … Continue reading GDP reaction: Recovery must leaves nobody behind